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What does Otto mean?

Otto Pronunciation of Otto [ot-to] as a boys' name is pronounced AW-toh. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Otto is "wealth". Common in English-speaking countries until Otto von Bismarck's German armies became threateningly powerful in the early 20th century.

Associated with: wealth, powerful, 20th century (modern).


Otto has 10 variants: Odis, Odo, Ot, Ota, Otha, Othello, Otho, Ottis, Ottone and Otys.

Related boy name: Autha.

1 feminine form: Alda.

Creative forms:
(male) Orto, Osto, ..

(female) Oti, Otta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Otto Braxtyn (O.B.), ..

How popular is Otto?

Otto is a very prominent first name for men (#504 out of 1220, Top 41%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#1483 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Otto reached its apex rank of #67 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #543 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Otto name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Otto outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Odis, Otha, Otho and Ottis are the popular alternative forms of Otto (#543 last year) listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Otto were favored 135 years ago (adoption of 0.3%) and have become significantly less common since, with forms like Ottis becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Otto, Odis, Otha, Otho, Ottis in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Otto outside U.S.

Similar Names

Otto is alike in pronunciation to Itai and Ittai. Other suggested similar names are Alto, Arto, Cato, Guto, Kato, Oro, Orton, Otis, Rito, Tito and Vito. These names tend to be less commonly used than Otto.

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